Smooth Puffer

Smooth Puffers are drab gray to greenish-gray above with a white belly.

They have very small mouths with strong jaws.

Like most puffers, the Smooth Puffer "puffs up" into a ball in self-defense.

Smooth Puffer Illustration by Duane Raver, Jr.
Season Open Year-Round
Size Limit No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person No Limit
Delaware Range Atlantic Ocean
Abundance in Delaware Waters Uncommon
General Habitat and Food Preferences Smooth Puffers inhabit inshore/nearshore areas over sandy or muddy bottoms.

They feed on amphipods (small shrimp like creatures), small mollusks, crustaceans and other invertebrates.
Did You Know? Most puffers are toxic, containing a very potent and potentially deadly neurotoxin that is concentrated in the liver, skin and gonads.

To err on the side of caution, extreme care must be taken when cleaning all puffers. Any fillets that could have been contaminated should be immediately discarded.
Common Lures and Baits Smooth Puffers are usually caught accidentally by anglers fishing for other species.

They can be caught with pieces of squid, shrimp, small live fish, or cut pieces of fish.
Typical Sizes Caught In general, Smooth Puffers caught by anglers are around 24 inches in length (4 pounds).
Citation Minimum Length and Weight Smooth Puffers are not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award, but a large specimen may qualify for an “Unusual Species” award.
Delaware State Record Smooth Puffers are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.